"Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity."
The Oppposite of Fast Food
The Slow Food1 or Local Food movement
has been pushed by chefs, gardeners and those who appreciate good
food worldwide. In the words of the official SlowFood.org website:
Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a
global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that
links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.
Or, in the succinct words of USA Today, "Slow food is everything that
fast food is not." There are currently over 200 chapters of Slow Food
USA, all focused on promoting a connection between the food we see on our plates
and the individuals and resources required to produce it. I think the
foundational principle of the movement is to get people back in touch with some
basic awareness of where their food comes from and what the real costs are of
getting it to them. Another strong emphasis is on ensuring fairness for This
simple idea is picking up steam internationally2 .
The Slow Food website highlights the following principles and activities:
- Raising public awareness, improving access and encouraging the enjoyment
of foods that are local, seasonal and sustainably grown
- Caring for the land and protecting biodiversity for today's communities
and future generations
- Performing educational outreach within their communities and working with
children in schools and through public programs
- Identifying, promoting and protecting fruits, vegetables, grains, animal
breeds, wild foods and cooking traditions at risk of disappearance
- Advocating for farmers and artisans who grow, produce, market, prepare and
serve wholesome food
- Promoting the celebration of food as a cornerstone of pleasure, culture
I've always felt that everyone should grow a little food, so sliding into a
comraderie with the local food crew here on Cape Cod has been an easy
sell. Besides it's fun. In practice, Local Food just means growing
a little if you can, and showing up at the Farmer's Market3
every week to hobnob with the other growers and support their efforts by bringing
home a big (reusable) sack of delicious fresh food. No brainer.
If you're interested and you want a fun and inspiring immersion
course in the reality of Local Food, read the brilliant Barbara Kingsolver's
latest book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle4 .
1 Slow Food USA Website: http://www.slowfoodusa.org/
2 Grassroots International: http://www.grassrootsonline.org/
3 The farm and food project: http://www.farmandfood.org/
4 The farm and food project: http://www.farmandfood.org/